Tuesday, September 8, 2009

ZenTiger Laws last longer than promises

Prime Minister John Key today released Terms of Reference for a review of policies and procedures used by the New Zealand Police and Child, Youth and Family around the issue of smacking.

"That's because smacking is against the law, as is all discipline, said Sue Bradford."

This review will look at the policies and procedures of the Police and CYF, including the referral process between the two agencies, to identify any changes needed to ensure good parents are treated as Parliament intended,” Mr Key says; although the obvious law change that is needed will go unheeded.

Sue Bradford was quick to interject that good parents are not those that smack. Those that smack are by definition, and by law, criminals and child abusers. Those types of parents will be dealt with harshly.

John Key was quick to assure parents that he would probably change the law in some way if he had absolute proof that good parents were unfairly punished for breaking the law.

Sue Bradford explained that John Key wouldn't be Prime Minister forever, and police would certainly go easy on law breakers until such time as Key could be ousted. "The beauty of this is that the law makes any form of discipline illegal. We can enforce that how we like once Key moves on."

John Key was quick to assure parents that he would probably run for parliament for re-election should he be ousted, on a campaign to change the law in some way if he had absolute proof that good parents were unfairly punished for breaking the law, should that happen after he is ousted. "I can run a campaign on the fact that 87.6% of the people will vote me back in to do what I could have done when I should have done, and would have done, if only I could have done."

Unfortunately, laws last longer than a politician's promise.

3 comment(s):

I.M Fletcher said...

Good post Zen! I linked to it from a reply I did on Kiwiblog today.

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MK said...

Indeed they do Zen, you can't trust em' as far as you could throw them.

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